Two men have been sentenced to prison for causing a destructive wildfire in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendora in January.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Clifford Henry Jr. was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison and Steven Robert Aguirre was sentenced to five months.
Authorities say an illegal campfire sparked the Colby Fire on Jan. 16 in the Angeles National Forest in Glendora. Santa Ana winds propelled the fire into the city, where it destroyed five homes and damaged 17 other structures.
Prosecutors wrote in a brief related to the sentencing:
“The devastation directly caused by defendants conduct points to the incredible seriousness of their offense. But the fact that it could have been worse underscores that degree of seriousness. But for the quick thinking and courageous reactions of the Glendora and Azusa Police Departments to evacuate the residents in harm’s way; but for the heroic actions of individual fire fighters, helicopter pilots and aircraft tanker pilots in battling the blaze; but for the winds dying down and the humidity increasing…this could have been so much worse.”
In May, the 22-year-old Henry and the 21-year-old Aguirre were convicted of lighting and failing to control an illegal campfire.
A third defendant, Jonathan Jarrell, was convicted in connection with the fire. He is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.